NBA 2K13: Breaking Down How Accurately It Reflects the Toronto Raptors

James Borbath@@dinonationblogContributor IOctober 8, 2012

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There are some exceptions and issues but compared to the past, the Toronto Raptors look like the improved team they are in reality in NBA 2K13.

If you choose to be the Toronto Raptors in NBA 2K13, it might be more fun than the last few editions of the game. The Raptors in last season’s edition were ranked as one of the worst teams in the game. This year the Raptors' moves in reality have made them a lot more competitive option to play the game with.

One of the major problems is with the Raptors' rookies. Terrence Ross might be rated a little on the high side—something we rarely say about a Raptor in a video game. He is a lights-out three-point shooter to an extreme degree. His overall rating is 71, which is more than generous compared to past Raptor rookies like DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis who started their video game careers ranked in the 60s.

On the other end of the spectrum you have Jonas Valanciunas, who gets zero respect in this game.

First of all, they have the entire announcement team pronouncing his name wrong. On top of that Valanciunas is rated far below Ross despite the fact he was the picked higher than Ross in the 2011 NBA draft the year prior.

He is given a rating of 58.

Considering that, in reality, most will expect Jonas Valanciunas to play more minutes than Terrence Ross, this seems wrong.

The Raptors finally made a decent pick in the second round this season. He is, of course, Quincy Acy out of Baylor. He was signed to a contract in July at the Las Vegas Summer League. This was prior to the Dwight Howard trade to the L.A Lakers. Yet Acy is not in the game at all?

In terms of uniforms, the Raptors have lots of options from—their basic three uniforms in white, red and black, and then retro purple-and-white from the Vince Carter era. In addition, you can make the Raptors into Huskies by choosing their blue-and-white Huskies retro uniforms—not to mention the much talked-about camouflage uniforms from last year and straight green uniforms for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Raptors have a lot of new faces this season, but for the returning players they all get some love in the form of higher ratings in this season’s game. Here is a list of the returning players with their ratings from this year and their overall rating last season in parentheses:

  • Jose Calderon 75 (72)
  • DeMar DeRozan 75 (72)
  • Andrea Bargnani 75 (74)
  • Aaron Gray 58 (54)
  • Amir Johnson 69 (67)
  • Linas Kleiza 63 (62)
  • Ed Davis 67 (66)

Kyle Lowry checks in as the best Raptor on the roster according to NBA 2K13 with an overall rating of 83.

There have not been many times in my life as a basketball fan/video game player I have been able to say this since 1995, but the Raptors might actually be a little overrated in this game. They still are in the bottom half of teams in the game, but a lot closer to the middle than in past seasons

The actual Raptors hope to mirror their virtual counterparts and be much improved this season. In NBA 2K13 they can compete with almost any team you put them against. The game settings could impact that of course, but I am speaking from the standpoint of the basic settings you have out of the box.

I am far from an expert video game player, but here are some tips to having success with the Raptors:

  • Bomb away with guys like Terrence Ross, Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry. They all can make the three ball pretty consistently
  • Attack the basket with DeMar DeRozan and try to make some highlight dunks happen.
  • Amir Johnson and Ed Davis are good options to get you some garbage points on misses on the offensive glass. 
  • Pressure the ball with Kyle Lowry and be aggressive, looking for steals as long as you are not in foul trouble. 
  • Take advantage of pick-and-rolls and use them often.

A lot of those points could very well apply to the actual Raptors' keys to success on any given night in the NBA.

In conclusion, you hope the Raptors can be as fun and competitive a team as they are in video game form this season. If they are, it should be a fun season to watch them on your television and play with them on your video game platform of choice.

For more on the video game beyond the Raptors in a general sense, there are lots of great articles here in the Bleacher Report community. Here is one that gives a good overview of the game as a whole, if you are sitting on the fence in terms of if you want to go out and buy it.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on the game as relates to the Raptors or in general in the comments.

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